Apps tend to make every part of our lives easier. From meditation to shopping, apps simplify just about everything—this is especially the case when it comes to travel. Regardless of what device you’re using, apps help us pack less, plan trips more intelligently, and become more efficient travelers overall. What used to take guidebooks, maps, and concierges to do is now stramlined with a single device.
So, this begs the next question: Where to begin? There are a countless number of travel apps each with their own purpose and use, but we’re here with our six favorites that will help you navigate your next trip with ease.
Are you used to traveling with a stack of papers confirming each reservation, ticket, and rental? We may or may not have traveled this way in the past (OK, we did!), but Tripit makes the organization of your trip much, much easier. The purpose of the app is to compile all of your bookings (everything from flights to museum tickets) into one seamless place. The general idea of the app is for users to forward any and all trip related email to your Tripit account and then the app takes care of the rest. The app parses through all your travel emails to put together a master itinerary (that actually makes sense!) versus a cluttered inbox and lost travel confirmations.
While this app is useful when you’re home, it really shines when you’re traveling. Around Me allows you to view different categories of locations like banks, restaurants, and shopping to determine what is geographically around you. Searching high and low for an ATM in Italy? Simply pull up the ATM category on the app to see not only the closest location, but also a map detailing how to get there. We love this app in a pinch when everyone’s a bit hungry, you’ve walked around all day, and you’re just exhausted. Whip it out to save the day, find the closest place to have a snack, and regroup.
Regardless of how often we travel, we all have managed to waste time by writing up the same exact packing list many times before only to forget a toothbrush or socks. Pack Point takes the time and guesswork out of all of that. After asking you a few simple questions about your trip, the app will generate a packing list for you based on the time of year you’re going, what activities you plan on doing, and where you’re headed. Honestly, it couldn’t be easier and forgotten socks will be a thing of the past.
An absolute favorite if you’re traveling overseas; this app is an must. If you’re a Type A kind of gal and you’ve got a long, detailed list of places you’re planning to visit, this app will allow you to input all of your planned locations and access them during your trip. Best of all, you won’t use any data or roaming to access your maps so you can plan to your heart’s content without worrying about data fees. In addition, it’s a great way to organize and group your days. Once you input your desired travel destinations, you can review what stops are close together and plan accordingly. It’s also a great way to help you learn the city you’re visiting.
Hopper is the perfect option for those hoping to find the absolute best deal on a flight. The app analyzes just about every flight under the sun to predict when your flights will be cheapest and when you should move to snap up a ticket. It’s especially great if your dates are flexible as you can pinpoint exactly when you should head out on vacation. You can even set alerts so that you know when the flight you’re searching for drops in price. Though there are many flight aggregators out there, this one accesses an incredible amount of airline data making it a great planning tool.
Heading to a country that speaks a language you have a limited knowledge of? Download Duo Lingo before your journey to begin practicing basics in an easy, approachable way. Though learning a new language can be daunting, it’s important to have at least a few key phrases tucked away when you’re in a new place. With Duo Lingo, lessons are broken up into easily digestible sessions that you can take in while on the subway or before bed, making it easy to commit (for even the busiest of us).